Sanja Ivanov

Educational Developer, International TA Programs (on leave)



PhD, Comparative Literature (Toronto)
MA, English (Waterloo)
BA, English (Sofia)

Sanja Ivanov works as an Educational Developer, International Teaching Assistant Programs, at the CTL to create and support programing that enhances intercultural teaching competence of graduate student teachers. Her educational research interests, partly inspired by her personal experiences of being an international student and researcher in three countries, include the role of intercultural communication in the classroom, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, family-friendly higher education, and community-engaged teaching. She is trained as a literary scholar with an interdisciplinary focus on contemporary world literature and museum studies.


University of Toronto Courses

  • Post-Socialism in Literature and Film (300-level), Winter 2020
  • Cities of the Mediterranean (100-level), Summer 2019
  • Cultural History of South Slavs (200-level), Winter 2015

Toronto Public Library

  • Exile and Belonging: Stories of Immigrant Experience (adults), Feb-March 2014

Selected Publication

Ivanov, Sanja. “Central European Heterotopias of Decay: The Poetics of the Real in Andrzej Stasiuk’s On the Road to Babadag.” Central Europe 15, no. 1 (2017): 18-34.

Selected Conference Presentations

“The Sincerity of Lists and Objects in Physics of Sorrow and An Anecdoted Topography of Chance” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention, Boston, U.S. March 7, 2020

“‘When Everything Was All Right.’ Fragmenting Memories, Overcoming Traumas in Saša Stanišić’s How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention, Washington, D.C., March 23, 2019

“The Thingness of Sincerity: Empathy and Stuff in Aleksandar Hemon’s Nowhere Man.” International Conference: “New Sincerity – Self-Expression in North American Culture,” Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany, January 26, 2019

“’Wo bleibt eigentlich der Alltag der Menschen?’ Remembering the GDR and Yugoslavia in Museums and Literary Works.” Postgraduate Colloquium “The GDR Today IV.” Newcastle University, United Kingdom, September 13, 2018

“Trinkets and Magpie’s Treasures: Material Objects in Dubravka Ugrešić’s The Museum of Unconditional Surrender.” International Workshop “Material Feelings: Population Displacement and Property Transfer in Modern Europe and Beyond,” Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig, Germany, May 24, 2018

“Materialization of Memory. Reading the Objects of Nostalgia.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, July 8, 2017

“‘We’ve outlived it.’ Continuity and Nostalgia after Communism.” Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Summer Workshop, Free University of Berlin, Germany, June 30, 2017

“‘In the Beginning Was the List:’ Nostalgia and Time Capsules in Georgi Gospodinov’s The Physics of Sorrow.” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 19, 2016

“Writing Heterotopia. Nostalgia, Empathy, and Other Obscure Sorrows in Literature from (Post)socialist Europe.” 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA). University of Vienna, Austria, July 25, 2016

“‘I’m dreaming of building a reservation of sorts here.’ Nostalgia for the Present in Georgi Gospodinov’s The Physics of Sorrow and Andrzej Stasiuk’s On the Road to Babadag.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA., March 19, 2016

“Hybridity in Jacques Poulin’s Volkswagen Blues: ‘Something in between’ or ‘Nothing at all’,” Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries, University of Potsdam, Germany. July 4, 2015

“Challenging Postmodernism: Stabilizing the Self in Warren Cariou’s Lake of the Prairies,” Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies Conference, York University, Canada, April 4, 2014

“From ‘Deadwood Dick’ to ‘Uncle Tom:’ Race and Identity in Life and Adventures of Nat Love.” Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS) Conference, University of Waterloo, Canada, October 26, 2013